A study of project-based STEM learning in Taiwan

Shi Jer Lou, Shun Yuan Chuang, Hsiang Jen Meng, Ron Chuen Yeh, Kuo Hung Tseng, Chi Cheng Chang

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of incorporating the Project-Based Learning (PBL) with STEM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for senior high school students. It attempted to explore the effects of the PBL on students' academic performance and performance of learning process.The project of "Cup Speaker" was designed for this study. There were 40 students from National Pingtung Girls Senior High School and 44 students from National Nei-Pu Agricultural-Industrial Senior Vocational High School in Taiwan. The competition of creativity design for the "Cup Speaker" was carried out for four weeks. The STEM activity was incorporated with PBL strategy and websites. In addition, the researcher played a role of tutor in this project to help solve students' problems. Content analysis was adopted to analyze students' projects and learning processes of STEM websites followed by questionnaire and interview to explore students' learning satisfaction. The major findings of the study were: 1. students from different educational systems demonstrate different characteristics of works; 2. DIY is the most critical design factor of STEM in PBL; 3. technology is discussed the most, whereas mathematics is discussed the least on the forum of the website; and 4. "teaching material design of STEM activity" is the most significant factor of students' learning satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: 2010 Jun 202010 Jun 23

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Keywords

  • Project-based learning (PBL)
  • STEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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